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Bulgarian nuclear plant shuts down reactor
by Staff Writers
Sofia (AFP) April 15, 2013


Bulgaria's Kozloduy nuclear power plant said Monday it had shut down one of its two reactors following a problem in the cooling system, but insisted this had no impact on radioactivity levels.

The shutdown occurred late Sunday.

"The reason for the stoppage was a hydrogen leak in the cooling system of the turbo-generator, which is located in the conventional, non-radioactive section of the unit," the plant said in a statement.

It added that work was underway to fix the problem and get the unit up and running again.

Bulgaria's sole nuclear plant, Kozloduy has only two 1,000-megawatt reactors left, after four smaller units had to be shut for safety reasons ahead of the country's accession to the European Union in 2007.

The plant generates about a third of all electricity produced in the country.

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